first day in scotland.

It rains sideways in Scotland.

I left the Netherlands yesterday to go on a little rendezvous to Scotland and Ireland. I arrived in Edinburgh this morning only to be greeted with buckets of rain. I walked out of the plane onto a river of a runway. Hm, maybe wearing flip flops wasn’t the greatest idea, ha. Normally I’d be bummed about encountering rain during travel, but I’m so deadbeat tired right now that an afternoon indoors is actually quite wonderful. 

After a week of solely Armenian food in the Netherlands, I needed some variety in my diet again. I loved Armenian cuisine, but I needed to spice up my life again…literally. Hungry after a morning of travel, I went to a Malaysian restaurant that I had passed by on the way to checking into my ridiculously cute hostel in Edinburgh. I was seated by myself on the other side of the restaurant all by my lonesome…and it was GLORIOUS. The food was exactly what I was craving. I even asked for hot/spicy sauce in the hopes that they’d have Sriracha. They had something better: legit sambal! The chunky type of Sriracha is actually commercialized sambal…which I believe is a Southeast Asian spicy sauce. Dericious!

My server at the restaurant was a Malay student. We started chatting about our backgrounds and it turns out that he’s a college student here in Edinburgh. I asked him for a coffee shop recommendation…and he suggested Peter’s Yard, an indepedent coffee shop just around the corner from the restaurant. I’m typing this blog entry from the ridiculously cute shop right now. 

Anyway, he said I was brave for wanting to start a business. Funny enough, my hostel roomie (from Taiwan) whom I had just met an hour earlier said I was brave too. What? Is it really that gutsy of me to open a shop? The Malay student wanted to open a bar in the future, and I encouraged him to do so. Most people want a beer or two from time to time. 

It made me really think about starting big projects in life. People have big dreams but most never follow through. They might not have the means. Or courage. They may not even have the faintest idea on how to start. Dreams come and go, but it is the tenacity of risk-takers that push them forward towards executing their dreams…or in my opinion, it takes faith and lots of it.

Cheers, Edinburgh!

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